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Frequently Asked Questions - Benefit Fraud

What is Benefit Fraud?

There are many circumstances which can result in a person obtaining benefit to which they are partly or wholly not entitled to. The most common reasons are:

  • Failing to declare paid employment
  • Failing to declare your full income
  • Failing to declare all your capital and savings
  • Failing to declare another adult living with you
  • Falsely obtaining benefit for a property you do not reside at
  • Obtaining benefit for a property you are not liable to pay rent for
  • Creating circumstances to deliberately abuse the benefit system
  • Providing false or misleading information about your circumstances.

People who deliberately fail to report a change in their circumstances are also committing benefit fraud, irrespective of whether they continue to be entitled to benefit or not.

Why should I be concerned about Benefit Fraud?

Each year benefit fraud takes billions of pounds of public money.

Even if you do not pay income tax we all pay some sort of indirect taxation, so the theft of public money is theft from you!

What are we doing to stop this abuse of the benefits system?

Wrexham County Borough Council has a dedicated team of fully trained fraud investigators, who use the latest technology and data collection systems to prevent and detect fraudulent benefit claims.

Every investigator has full professional qualifications, can interview alleged fraudsters in accordance with the Police And Criminal Evidence.

Act and prepare cases for presentation in court.

Do the Fraud Investigators work with other organisations?

Many cases are conducted as joint investigations with officers from the Department for Work and Pensions and cases are often brought before the courts as joint prosecutions. Council investigators have the powers to access information held by the Inland Revenue, the DWP, Land Registry, employers' wage records, banks and credit companies, private and company pension providers, other local authorities and many other records held various data systems.

What happens to people who commit fraud?

Anyone convicted in either the Magistrates or Crown courts will have a criminal record. Not all cases are referred to the courts for prosecution and less serious cases may be dealt with administratively, either by way of a Formal Caution or an Administrative Penalty.